The name “Shih Tzu” means little lion, but there’s nothing fierce about this dog breed. This pooch is a lover, not a hunter.
Bred solely to be companions, Shih Tzus are affectionate, happy, outgoing house dogs who love nothing more than to follow their people from room to room. Since ancient times, they’ve made themselves comfortable on the laps of people from all walks of life, even emperors!
Life expectancy: 10 – 16 years
Temperament: Clever, Affectionate, Friendly, Lively, Intelligent, Spunky, Outgoing, Happy, Independent, Alert, Loyal, Playful, Courageous, Active, Gentle
Colors: Black, White, Liver, Brindle, Liver & White, Light Brown, Dark Brown, Black & White, Blue, Gold
Height: Male: 20 – 28 cm (Adult, At the withers), Female: 20 – 28 cm (Adult, At the withers)
Mass: Female: 4 – 7.2 kg (Adult), Male: 4 – 7.2 kg (Adult)